Caden // 18 months – 2 Years

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18 Month Stats
Weight: 27lbs 14oz (90th%)
Height: 35″ (99th%)
Head: 48cm (68%)

2 Year Stats
Weight: 31lbs 4oz (90%)
Height: 37” (98%)

I think he’s mildly allergic to pineapple and cinnamon.  He says ‘hurt’ whenever he eats pineapple and the two times I’ve put cinnamon on his oatmeal, he’s gotten red splotchy marks on his skin where the cinnamon touches.  But otherwise, he likes pretty much all food… except meatballs.  Shame!  His favorite is still any type fruit.  I can bribe him to do almost anything if fruit is involved.  If there’s a food he doesn’t want to eat all I have to say is “You can have some fruit if you eat your _____”.  Ha.  Yes.  I have resorted to bribes.  But he really will eat the food, even if he doesn’t like it.  Just to get his fruit.  Sometimes he shakes his head, closes his eyes and swallows…  He almost gags.  Eeep.

Favorite words/phrases:
Slipple-ees – Slippers
Poon- Spoon
Fark – Fork
Piss/Pisses – Kiss/kisses
Puhpie – Pot pie
Hold you (copying “want me to hold you?”)
I di-it! – I did it
Oh mear – Oh man/my/dear
Loves to say hi momma and I respond with “hey baby”.   Then he’ll say “heeee beebee” several times after me.  He just wants me to say that so he can say “hey beebee” 100 times.
He had started calling us Brandon and Erin (Mostly right after he hears us call each other by our names… Should we start calling each other mom and dad?  Haha.)
Day-doo – Thank you
You waycone – You’re welcome
Pah-puh-ronee – peperoni
BIBLE- he throws his fist in the air and yells BIBLE randomly

<<>>The communication level has increased drastically.  I feel like I can usually tell what he wants.  This is a conversation we just had.  For Caden’s after nap snack I gave him Cheerios, per his request.  He ate a few and kept saying ‘milk! Milk!’  So I went to go get him milk and was going to put it in a cup but then he said ‘bowl!  Bowl!’  And I asked, ‘you want your milk on your cereal in your bowl?’ And he said ‘yeah!’  And then I said ‘wow buddy, I’m so excited that you can communicate with me and tell me what you want!’  And he said ‘yeah! Cake!? Cake??!’  Womp wompppp.

<<>>Loves to say color names but doesn’t really know the difference between them.  Sometimes he does, but not every time.  His favorite color to say is lellow.

<<>>Can usually count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, aaannnddd 6.  Never 10.  Just can’t get the 10.

<<>>He got some Melissa and Doug pots and pans and the fruit (with the velcro that you can cut) and plays with them multiple times a day.  He loves to cook brahcahree (broccoli) and chickennnn!

<<>>He loooves fixing things with his tools.  He got two tool sets for Christmas and LOVES them.  I hope we can make him a little tool bench one day.  He’ll probably be over them by the time I get around to that.  ;)

<<>>He loves to watch this video of himself dancing to turn down for what.  It’s a video of him dancing at my brother’s wedding.  Take a look.  :D  Every day, he asks for me to put on a song so we can dance.  :D

Rhodes family reunion (Brandon's mom's side of the family)

July 12, 2014- Rhodes family reunion (Brandon’s mom’s side of the family)


July 20, 2014- Caden’s first train sighting. I think I was the most excited out of the three of us.


July 20, 2014


July 26, 2014- Caden loooooves blackberries.


July 31, 2014


August 5, 2014- cousins!


August 8, 2014- Teppi veggie bootcamp.

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August 24, 2014


August 25, 2014


August 31, 2014- ahhhhpane!


September 2, 2014- One of Caden’s top favorite things is to help me cook/bake. This was his first time making pumpkin bread!  I looove that smile.  :D


September 4, 2014- Caden really wanted to blow out a candle on MY birthday. Haha. And I loved that. And then he blew out the candle about 7 more times.


September 12, 2014


September 16, 2014- So thankful and grateful that Caden LOVES his brother. Absolutely no signs of resentment. In fact, he is ‘aggressive’ with is love. :D

September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014  – You do not know how excited I was when Caden brought home his FIRST CRAFT!?!?!  I can’t wait until my walls are plastered!

September 20, 2014- Fun with Aunt Katie and Uncle Shawn!

September 20, 2014- Fun with Aunt Katie and Uncle Shawn!

September 20, 2014- Caden loves his Uncle Shawn

September 20, 2014- Caden loves his Uncle Shawn


September 27, 2014- You gotta get dressed up to watch the Hokies play!


September 30, 2014- Caden practicing feeding his fake baby.


October 2, 2014- Saying that Caden loves ketchup would be an understatement.  Also note, his fingers on his right hand.


October 4, 2014- We had such a fun time at the state fair!


October 7, 2014- Caden helping me make meatballs!


October 9, 2014- The day that Caden climbed out of his crib. GAH.


October 10, 2014- We had to remedy that problem ASAP.


October 11, 2014-  We turned Caden’s carseat to forward facing. He did not like it at first but warmed up quickly. :D

October 13, 2014- Caden's friend Liam came to visit and meet Theo!  The left picture is from when they were only a few months old and the first time they met!

October 13, 2014- Caden’s friend Liam came to visit and meet Theo! The left picture is from when they were only a few months old and the first time they met!


October 15, 2014- I asked him a question and he said, “hmmm yettsss seeee…”


October 17, 2014- We had a great time at the pumpkin patch, even though it doesn’t look like it from Caden’s face.


October 17, 2014


October 17, 2014

October 20, 2014- Caden's first chore... filling up Toby's food and water bowl.

October 20, 2014- Caden’s first chore… filling up Toby’s food and water bowl.


October 22, 2014- Just carrying around 40ish pounds…


the things that happen while I’m nursing Theo…

Caden and DPa

Caden and DPa

Uncle J

Uncle J


October 25, 2014- He was super excited to see curious george and then george showed up and it was awful.


October 27, 2014- Every time we go to my mom’s he likes to ride this tractor.

October 28, 2014- Caden's first unprompted prayer... for his pumpkin.  :D

October 28, 2014- Caden’s first unprompted prayer… for his pumpkin. :D

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October 31, 2014- My little squirt.

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October 31, 2014- Look at that big boy.


November 6, 2014- My little cook.


November 7, 2014- Caden eating ‘Teppi tweats’ aka. smores. Caden’s first s’more!


November 8, 2014- Loves his feetee! (That’s how Caden says Ethan.)


November 8, 2014- He loves to jump! I see a trampoline in our future! :D


November 8, 2014


November 8, 2014


November 8, 2014- Caden and ‘Keeyah’


November 8, 2014- Group snuggle!


November 9, 2014- Lion costume from Teppi!


November 8, 2014- Loves his Keeyah!


November 10, 2014- We went out for lunch at a Japanese Steakhouse and Caden ate salad and loved it! The fire scared him at first but he was very intrigued by it.


November 10, 2014- Caden watched Frozen on the big screen.

November 14, 2014 - Mom, E and K came over to spend the 10th anniversary of my dad's passing at our house.  It was nice to be together.  :)

November 14, 2014 – Mom, E and K came over to spend the 10th anniversary of my dad’s passing at our house. It was nice to be together. :)


November 12, 2014- Bwuddahs


November 16, 2014- My dad and me (somewhere near the same age as Caden but I don’t know the date) and Brandon and Caden.


November 19, 2014

November 23, 2014- his fingers haha.

November 23, 2014- his fingers haha.

November 23, 2014

November 23, 2014

November 25, 2014- We went on a little walk before it got too cold.

November 25, 2014- We went on a little walk before it got too cold.

November 26, 2014- He dressed himself :)

November 26, 2014- He dressed himself.


November 29, 2014- Wearing the fanny pack we got for Tyler’s bachelor party! :O


December 3, 2014- Caden’s first onstage performance at CBS! This is him singing B-I-B-L-E!

December 3, 2014- Caden wearing his new 'Olan' jammies (Olan is how he says Olaf).

December 3, 2014- Caden wearing his new ‘Olan’ jammies (Olan is how he says Olaf).


December 6, 2014- Santa pic- 2014 edition! Looks just like the one from 2013, there’s just one more kid.

December 9, 2014

December 9, 2014


December 10, 2014- Growing room!

December 11, 2014

December 11, 2014


December 12, 2014- Granmama and Caden!

December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014- We took Caden through Lewis Ginter's Light display after Tyler and Sally's rehearsal dinner and his mind was BLOWN.  He was so beyond excited.

December 19, 2014- We took Caden through Lewis Ginter’s Light display after Tyler and Sally’s rehearsal dinner and his mind was BLOWN. He was so beyond excited.


December 20, 2014- A family threefie at Tyler and Sally’s wedding!


Decmber 20, 2014- Livin’ it up on Uncle Pat’s shoulders!


December 20, 2014- Body surfing at the reception.


Decmber 22, 2014- On his Thomas choo choo from Granmama!

December 25, 2014- Caden got his first 'bike' for his birthday from DPa and CMa!

December 25, 2014- Caden got his first ‘bike’ for his birthday from DPa and CMa!

December 25, 2014- Getting a face palm from uncle J!

December 25, 2014- Getting a face palm from uncle J!

December 25, 2014- DPa and CMa!

December 25, 2014- DPa and CMa!

December 25, 2014- GMa and the boys

December 25, 2014- GMa and the boys


December 25, 2014- sweet bruddahs


December 27, 2014- I mustache you a question.

DPa and Caden building with legos!

DPa and Caden building with legos!


Fell asleep sitting up. Yep.


Our Christmas card!


Phew!  A 6 month span is a big difference in a little guy!  He is drastically different today from when he was 18 months old.  Looking back on videos he was barely speaking words at 18 months and at 2 years he spoke in sentences, very small ones but still.

I’m not sure how often I’ll be doing updates for Caden since they take so long.  We’ll just keep it kind of loosey goosey.  :)

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Theo – 5 Months

Theo turned 5 months on February 10th so since it’s almost March 10th… yeah. He is literally the smiliest baby EVER.  Also, he LOVES selfies.  If he sees himself in the camera on my phone, ginormous grin from ear to ear.  I can not wait until he is sitting up.  He wants to so badly.  Caden thinks it’s hilarious when I prop him up.  He’s like “Oh, he’s a real person!”

Theo’s Five Month Stats
Weight: 14lbs 9oz (I guessed on this, he had a sick appt 9 days after turning 5mos and was 14lbs 12oz)
Length: ?
Head: ?

Theo’s Four Month Stats
Weight:  13lbs 14oz (21%) {Either he lost weight or my scale at home is horribly off}
Length:  25.25″ (62%)
Head:  41 cm (43%)

Theo’s Three Month Stats
Weight:  14lbs (weighed at home)
Length:  24.5″ (measured at home)
Head:  43 cm (measured at home)

Theo’s Two Month Stats
Weight: 11lbs 12oz (49%)
Length: 23″ (64%) (This could be incorrect, the DR’s office has 23″ recorded for his 1 and 2 month appointments and I know he grew between the two.)
Head: 39.25 cm (65%)

Theo’s One Month Stats
Weight: 10 lbs 10 oz
Length: 23″
Head: 37 cm

Theo’s birth stats are:
Weight: 7 lbs 1 oz
Length: 21″
Head: 34.5 cm

You can compare Caden’s five month stats here.

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Sleep:  Sleep is going really well.  Theo totally transitioned out of the Rock-N-Play to the crib!  I elevated the mattress with a few pillows because of his reflux. My mom made a swaddle/velcro thing that attaches to his crib sheet so he wouldn’t go rolling down the mattress.

I usually nurse him at night around 7PM and he doesn’t wake up until 5AM.  I’ll then nurse him, change his diaper and put him back to bed.  Then he’ll sleep till about 7AM.  He is taking three naps a day and still wakes up at the midpoint of every nap (about 40 minutes after falling asleep) and cries for about 5 minutes. I’m hoping the mid-nap wake up cry won’t last too much longer!  He’s definitely tired and seems to need that much sleep.  He naps for about 1 hour to 1.5 hours total every nap.  I can’t remember when they transition to 2 naps a day.  I should probably look that up!

This biggest sleep milestone we’ve reached this month is NO MORE SWADDLE (more details on our de-swaddling process below)!  Woohoo!  And I’ve started offering him a tiny blankie for his naps during the day and he loves to nuzzle it.  I also have a Cloud B Giraffe attached to his crib and it is definitely nice if he’s having a hard time sleeping, I can just turn on the white noise option or a lullaby. He also sleeps with a box fan on the lowest setting.  And right now we’re doing a humidifier for naps and at night since it’s so dry.

Eating:  Still nursing every 3 hours.  I have decided to wait to introduce solids until he can sit up own his own. I’ve based my decision to delay solids based on this article.  He does seem to get angry with me when I’m eating and he’s sitting in my lap.  He is constantly grabbing for whatever I’m eating.

Size 2 diapers and 6-9 month clothing.

<>1.19  He sticks his tongue out a lot,  just started today and he does it constantly!

<>1.19 He rolled over from tummy to back for first time!

<> 1.28- I started de-swaddling him for his second nap of the day.  He has recently started to bust out of his swaddle and I decided to give de-swaddling a go.  I was going for the one-arm-at a-time approach aka the turtle approach.  I read this post which offers about every option available and it is really funny.   He napped really well for his second and third nap with just his left arm un-swaddled.  I was really worried about how he would do at night but decided to go for it.  I put him to bed with only his left arm de-swaddled and after about an hour he had broken part of his right arm free and his hand was stuck giving himself a face-palm.  ;)  I decided to bite the bullet, pull his other arm out and fully expected to have an awful night ahead of me.  But!  He slept perfectly until his normal time of about 5AM!  Woohoo!  And the rest is history!  He has been swaddle free since!  Soooo much easier than breaking Caden of his swaddle!
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<> Sometime in the beginning of February I noticed Theo was getting really rashy after baths.  I was originally using Johnsons baby shampoo and wash.  I then switched to a completely natural shampoo and it got really bad.  I think for now we’ve settled on The Honest Company’s baby shampoo.  His skin isn’t 100% clear but it’s the best it’s been after any shampoo/wash we’ve used so I’ll stick with it for now.
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<>Feb 7- Theo sat unassisted for about 20 seconds (after I propped him up).

<>Feb 9- For a while I’ve been concerned with Theo’s lower eye lids.  They turn inward and his eye lashes rest on his eye balls.  I started googling it and well, that was a bad idea.  I kept coming up with entropion.  And I started freaking out.  So I decided to go straight to an Ophthalmologist instead of my pediatrician because I knew she’d just refer me anyway.  I got multiple recommendations on a great Ophthalmologist and he was wonderful.  He even looked at my eyes! Haha.  He told me that Theo actually has Epiblepharon.  Below is an excerpt from this site I found.

Epiblepharon is a condition in which a horizontal redundant skin fold under the eyelid induces an abnormal vertical orientation of the eyelashes, often resulting in the eyelashes touching the eyeball. Entropion is a true abnormal eyelid margin rotation, causing the eyelashes to touch the eyeball. Congenital entropion can occur in conjunction with congenital epiblepharon. The causes of congenital epiblepharon or entropion include improper development of the lower eyelid retractors with possible dehiscence near the tarsal plate, microphthalmos, and enophthalmos.

Epiblepharon tends to get better by itself as the patient grows, whereas entropion does not. The treatment of epiblepharon depends on the presence of corneal damage caused by lashes scratching the cornea.

The treatment of congenital entropion is surgical. Surgery can be delayed as long as the corneal findings are not severe.

His conclusion was that he has a ‘classic case’ and they would self correct.  He said it’s normally found in Asian individuals sooooo….. haha.  Neither Brandon or I have any Asian genes that we were aware of (at least within the last few generations) so I asked Brandon’s mom and she said that her sister had a DNA test done and there was a small percentage of Asian heritage further down the line.  So who knows, haha! Neither I or anyone on my side of the family have had a Genealogical and Ethnicity DNA test done.

He also said that Theo has a mild astigmatism and he’ll probably need glasses by the time he’s in elementary school.  A mini-Erin… blind from the beginning.

And now for way too many pictures!

Testing out the swaddle that attaches to his sheets that Granmama made.

Testing out the swaddle that attaches to his sheets that Granmama made.



Testing out the exersaucer that Caden and mommy put together for him!


Cooing to the bird.



An example of the kind of thing that happens when Daddy is in charge…



The Smith family band.




Matching jammies!

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Holding hands. :D

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Toby and Theo love each other. Toby has adjusted much better to Theo joining the family than he did when Caden came.

Caden likes to be apart of  Theo's  nighttime nursing sesh.

Caden likes to be apart of Theo’s nighttime nursing sesh.



Reading with Daddy before bed.


Family reading time!



Trying to roll over from his back to tummy.

Trying to roll over from his back to tummy.

Smiliest baby ever, I'm tellin' ya.

Smiliest baby ever, I’m tellin’ ya.


Brotherly love.





Big brothers are so cool!






Enjoying the one warm, non-snow day in February.  ;)

Enjoying the one warm, non-snow day in February. ;)




Caden wanted to give his brother a hug.




Gosh, I don’t know.  Was that enough pictures?  ;)

Here are a few videos from the month:

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Theo – 4 Months

I can’t believe our happy little buddy is 4 months old already!  He is so sweet and smiley.  He loves to coo and blow bubbles.  Theo has started grabbing and putting things in his mouth all of the time.  He loves to suck on his hands.  Not any finger really… just his fist.  When he’s not spitting up, he’s drooling like crazy.  I change his outfit and bibs multiple times a day because they get so wet.

Theo’s Four Month Stats
Weight:  13lbs 14lbs (21%) {Either he lost weight or my scale at home is horribly off}
Length:  25.25″ (62%)
Head:  41 cm (43%)

Theo’s Three Month Stats
Weight:  14lbs (weighed at home)
Length:  24.5″ (measured at home)
Head:  43 cm (measured at home)

Theo’s Two Month Stats
Weight: 11lbs 12oz (49%)
Length: 23″ (64%) (This could be incorrect, the DR’s office has 23″ recorded for his 1 and 2 month appointments and I know he grew between the two.)
Head: 39.25 cm (65%)

Theo’s One Month Stats
Weight: 10 lbs 10 oz
Length: 23″
Head: 37 cm

Theo’s birth stats are:
Weight: 7 lbs 1 oz
Length: 21″
Head: 34.5 cm

You can compare Caden’s four month stats here.

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Sleep:  Oh my goodness.  What a change since last month.  Since our weekly bible study wasn’t meeting for a few weeks because of Christmas and New Years I decided to ‘sleep train’.  It took several hard weeks but it was SO WORTH IT!  Theo now sleeps from 7:30ish PM to about 6/7AM.  If he wakes up at 6AM, I’ll feed him and put him back down.  If he wakes up at 7AM, we’re up for the day.

Toward the beginning of the month I was putting Theo down at every 1 hour and 15 minutes for naps, which I think he needed at that point in time.  I did that for about 3 weeks.  One day Brandon was putting him down for his nap and wasn’t watching the clock and he ended up going down after being awake for 1 hour and 45 minutes.  He slept SO LONG for that nap.  So, of course, we decided that maybe he needed to stay up a little longer.  I was really excited about that because that meant he would be going from 4 naps to 3.  Woohoo!

Regarding what we did for sleep training…  First of all, I don’t know how he knows the difference between day and night sleep.  Caden did not get this concept as soon as Theo did.  The only thing I did was nurse him after he woke up from his naps during the day (sleep eat play).  At night I would nurse him to drowsiness and then put him down awake (but drowsy).

For his naps, it was hard for him to learn to fall to sleep by himself since we had done naps for the first three months of his life in the ergo (because of his reflux).  We had read that breaking the carrier nap was the hardest sleep habit to break.  Greaaatttt.  It did take a few weeks of him crying himself to sleep and learning to self soothe during his wake ups due to his REM cycle (38ish minutes… Always!).  I questioned every decision I was making during his scream-fests at nap time.  But every day he cried a little bit less.  Now we’re to the point where he might wake up halfway through his nap and maybe cry for about 5 minutes but he’ll go back to sleep.  His naps are usually around 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes.

He is still sleeping in the Rock-N-Play but is rapidly outgrowing it!  I am really hoping to have him in his crib asap!  The problem is he still spits up and chokes he is laying flat on his back.  So I put a big throw pillow under his mattress so create an incline.  My mom and I are going to create two little triangles to go on his sides to keep him from rolling one way or the other.  Since he’s still swaddled we need something to keep him upright.

Eating:  He burps SO LOUD.  And his poops and farts are so loud!  Haha, he’s like a little man!  He is still solely breastfed and nurses every 3 hours during the day unless he sleeps past the three hour nursing mark.  I’ll just let him sleep til however long he needs to and feed him when he wakes up.  I talked to the pediatrician at his 4 month appointment and she told me that we should stick to the dairy/soy free diet that I’m on.  Honestly, I don’t feel very confident that she knows much about allergies.  I asked her if I should start introducing dairy or soy back into my diet and she said that most babies with reflux should just stay off of dairy…  ?  I don’t really remember reading that anywhere.  I need to do a little more research on that.  But regarding when we’ll be introducing solid foods, I think we’ll wait until 6 months and I’m thinking not to do baby cereals this time.  Still need to do a bit more reading on that but I’m not convinced that it adds that much nutritional value.  I did it with Caden because that’s what most of the people I knew had done so I didn’t question it or research it.

Poop:  I feel like it’s ridiculous to have a category for this but I did want to note it so that I remember.  He has started pooping every 5ish days around December 20ish.  I don’t remember Caden doing this and was really worried about Theo but I called the pediatrician and she said this is normal for some babies right around 4 months.  He doesn’t seem to be in pain or uncomfortable.  But he has HORRIBLE SMELLING gas. Haha.  A liittttleee embarrassing when we’re out (which isn’t often now because I’m afraid to mess up the progress we’ve made with his sleeping).

Nicknames: Seo {This is what Caden calls him and I will be really sad when he actually calls him Theo.  Sometimes I catch myself calling him Seo… maybe prolonging Caden’s incorrect pronunciation of his name. :) }

He coos like crazy.
Size 2 diapers.
3-6 month clothes (some 6-9mo) but they’re getting kind of tight.



Brother bath time! First bath together!

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Snuggles with Granny!


First Sophie! He’s a fan. :)


First Christmas as a family of four!



DPa and CMa





Theo talking to his giraffe


A rare tummy time :/ Being on his tummy causes him to spit-up a lot.


Theo’s first Christmas!


December 23 – I noticed he has started grabbing things putting them in his mouth. Could have started a few days before this date but pretty close.


Sweet brothers


Theo wearing his hat that Becky brought him back from Nepal!


CMa and Theo


Uncle Tyler and Aunt Sally! Just back in town from their honeymoon!


We decided to start a new tradition… after dinner dance parties!



Pediatrician appointments take sooooo looonggg. This was TWO HOURS after he was supposed to go down for his first nap.




Caden loves to help.

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The boys testing out Theo’s crib!

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